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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Great Falls, MT
#41
OVERALL RANKING

Great Falls, MT


SCORE: 70.90

#39
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.97
 
#53
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.39
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.13%
Population 65+:  13,188
Total Population:  81,784

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 240 76.76 81.58 -5.91 %
Health Care 67 56.89 50.15 13.44 %
Wellness 104 69.31 68.45 1.26 %
Financial 54 85.93 81.09 5.97 %
EducationEducation 99 59.87 71.18 1.06 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
86 77.01 71.18 8.19 %
Employment 60 59.09 51.56 14.60 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
79 61.31 57.14 7.30 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
7 78.30 51.89 50.90 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 103 53.83 49.09
Crime Rate 199 33.84 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 214 77.64 80.67
Unemployment Rate 49 59.05 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 253 50.12 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 250 16.35 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 149 30.76 33.5
Number of hospital beds 43 43.94 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 233 50.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 66 33.85 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 146 22.57 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 3 67.70 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 24 43.11 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 37 19.55 13.35
Number of nurses 88 27.15 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 81 2.37 2.35
ER Wait Times 217 15.91 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 96 47.23 46.33
Smoking rate 200 9.59 13.69
Diabetes rate 89 44.69 41.83
Binge drinking 220 13.42 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 276 33.84 74.78
Caregivers 12 68.92 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 71 79.70 76.89
Depression 212 43.58 49.3
Physical activity 135 37.66 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 56 54.36 42.27
Fast-food outlets 251 28.24 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 140 14.49 17.69
Air quality 14 83.33 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 47 66.15 53.83
Total bank deposits 141 0.88 1.37
Tax burden 76 80.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 194 57.54 61.29
Small business growth 180 79.47 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 89 32.08 29.07
Capital gains 80 38.33 31.31
Income growth 189 58.46 60.52
Reverse mortgages 114 30.91 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 127 47.73 46.02
Median rental price 8 90.33 70.18
Households with older adults 94 40.29 39.04
Nursing beds 87 59.16 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 122 66.67 70.35
Home health-care service providers 204 7.60 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 27 30.10 14.8
Cost of assisted living 162 70.93 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 244 78.38 82.84
Cost of adult day services 266 36.84 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 40 70.40 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 132 23.92 31.34
Employment growth 37 48.32 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 33 17.81 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 6 93.87 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 116 3.00 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 231 28.79 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 62 25.73 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 209 34.95 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 58 53.09 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 84 31.85 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 2 93.36 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 69 60.14 63.01
Number of public libraries 179 17.39 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 127 63.45 12.40
Funding for older adults 12 40.56 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 41 92.85 85.93
College enrollment 170 19.40 26.46